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Third openSUSE Board Election 2010

December 1st, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce the openSUSE Board Election 2010! The Election Committee this year is staffed by:

geeko wants you Stathis Iosifidis , Sascha Manns, Satoru Matsumoto, Thomas Schmidt

The Committee has prepared the timeline for this year’s election. As last year the election process consists of 3 phases:

Timeline

Dezember 1st, 2010 (Phase 0)

  • Announcement of the openSUSE Board election 2010.
  • Start of 5 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
  • Start of 5 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board or nominate another opensuse member for the board.

January 4th, 2011 [1]

  • Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

January 5th, 2011 (Phase 1) [2]

  • Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign can continue until ballots close).

January 12th, 2011 (Phase 2) [3]

  • Ballots open

January 26th, 2011 [4]

  • Ballots close (end of phase 2)
  • Announcement of the results

All phases start and end on the given dates at 12:00 UTC. For an overview what time this is in different timezones use the links above.

Seats to get elected

In this election we will have 2 seats to get elected, as the election period of Pascal Bleser and Henne Vogelsang ends. We will probably also get a new chairman, as Michael Löffler will leave as well.

So in this election the openSUSE community elects two new members.

With the existing company affiliations in the board (Pavol – Novell, Bryen – none, Rupert – openSLX) the restraint is that at most one of the additional elected persons can be affiliated with Novell and one with openSLX.

Call for candidates and nominations

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Reminder: Weekly News Team Meeting

October 28th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place tomorrow  (Saturday October 31) at 14:30 UTC. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-newsletter channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/Meetings/Topics_current

We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

OpenSUSE Weekly News #93 is out!

October 17th, 2009 by

news Issue #93 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

* openSUSE 11.2 on its way to become final – Release candidate available!

* Pavol Rusnak: RPM Summit at the openSUSE Conference 2009

* linuxgravity.com: Manipulating, converting and editing audio and video

* Cornelius Schumacher: 4,273,291 lines of code

* LinuxSecurity.com/Bill Keys: Security Features of Firefox 3.0

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/93/Translations.

openSUSE Conference is Over – Some Wrap Up

September 24th, 2009 by

On Sunday the first openSUSE conference (osc09) finished in Nuernberg, Germany. Overall it was great success and brought people face to face together. Participants were motivated and enthusiastic and we’d like to just show some comments on twitter/blog:

  • “Folks! I’m hoooome! #oSC09 was a blast! More details to come BryenY”
  • “Back from the #opensuse conference #osc09, back to work. Had a great time”
  • “Back from the _awesome_ openSUSE #osc09 conference. Learnt a lot. Huge kudos to @zonker !”
  • “On the train back home from #osc09 was a great event, really nice to meet so many people from the #openSUSE community in person”
  • “In the train back to Stuttgart after 4 great days at the openSUSE conference. Great progress on all fronts. #osc09″
  • “great #osc09 event. I’ve decided to give #openSUSE the whole disk on my laptop! And i want to contribute, contribute, contribute!”

We had overall around 225 persons from all over the world attending. For those who couldn’t make it to the conference we’ll try to publish all presentations and videos if available. A lot of people from Novell’s Nuernberg and Prague offices showed up -  sometimes only for a few hours – which shows that Nuernberg was the  right location for this event.  Novell VPs and Directors that showed up include Carlos Montero-Luque, Ralf Flaxa, Gerald Pfeifer and Roland Haidl.

The whole four days we had two tracks of talks and two tracks of ad-hoc conference sessions on a variety of topics incl. moblin, appliances, desktop, quality, community, toolchain and system, and legal. Some sessions to point out where:

  • team meetings of GNOME and KDE developers, incl. a common meeting
  • the governance sessions (see below)
  • Keynotes by Lenz Grimmer on “working in a virtual community” and Gianugo Rabellino on “Open Development in the trenches: a decade at the Apache Software Foundation”
  • Stefan Werden announcing that he’s taking over the openSUSE retail Box business

Thursday evening we had a great party at the Novell offices and Friday and Saturday night a local cinema was presenting the “Creative Common Film night”.

We were impressed by the many discussions that formed and the ad-hoc conference sessions set up and the many groups gathered in the hall ways and pretty productively covered a certain topic. We’d like also point out a night time session on Friday night (until 3:30am) where more than 10 people triaged through GNOME bugs for openSUSE (incl. checking whether they are still valid) and hacked on GNOME features like Bacon (banshee UI for Moblin) and Zeitgeist (GNOME 3.0).

Governance
We had two sessions on how governance in the project does work today and what needs to be changed. Currently most of the decisions are done by experts in their area, the open question is what kind of process is needed in case area experts cannot make a decision. We have decided to move forward in the following way: A small group will now discuss this further together with the board, create a first proposal for public comments and once we have a good proposal, the openSUSE members will vote on this change.

RPM Summit
We had an RPM summit which Florian Festi (upstream RPM developer emplyoed by Red Hat) joined. Goal was to work on RPM itself to unify RPM usage between openSUSE and Fedora – the end goal is that a valid spec file for openSUSE or SLE is also valid for Fedora/Red Hat and vice versa.

Software Freedom
Saturday we had a track in German as part of the world wide Software Freedom day which was targeted to people new to Linux. We had pretty many interesting and supporting conversation with some participants that came just for this day. Most interesting to AJ was an incident at the rather big local farmer market in the morning where a person said “Today I go to Software Freedom day”. And AJ recognized this person later that day at the conference.

Journalists & Media

Ulrike Beringer made it happen that 11 journalists attended the conference and had several interviews at the conference with Joe Brockmeier, Michael Meeks and Andreas Jaeger.

Comment from our PR agency was: “The feedback of the journalists was very positive, as you can see in the report some of them even published several articles at once. Hence from our PR perspective the event was a big success!” RadioTux interviewed various participants for podcasts of more than 90 minutes.

Thanks to Ulrike for setting this up!

Photos
If you like to see some photos, check either of these two galleries:

Twitter
The flickr photos are also shown on the osc09 twitterwall that was created by gnokii.  #osc09 was the hashmark used for twittering about the conference.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 31

July 17th, 2008 by
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Issue #31 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Next Helping Hands Event
  • www.opensuse-tutorials.com
  • Hubert Mantel: openSUSE Gets the JeOS
  • People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko
  • Pascal Bleser: Reporting Packman package bugs
  • Jigish Gohil: New Compiz plugins

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 30

July 10th, 2008 by
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Issue #30 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released
  • Announcing openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo
  • People of openSUSE: Joe Brockmeier
  • openSUSE Build Service Trust concept
  • John Anderson: Get build dependencies with zypper
  • Michal Zugec: Network Documentation

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 29

July 3rd, 2008 by
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Issue #29 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap
  • Novell Client for Linux Public Beta for openSUSE 10.3
  • People of openSUSE: Jan-Simon Möller
  • John Anderson: Find duplicate files by content not name
  • Lukas Ocilka: Package Search and One Click Install in YaST
  • Miguel de Icaza: Moonlight 0.7 is now Available

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 25

June 4th, 2008 by
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Issue #25 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • People of openSUSE: Matthias Fehring
  • Interview: KDevelop and the openSUSE Build Service
  • Status Updates
  • Gabriel Burt: Banshee 1.0 Release Candidate 1
  • Jigish Gohil: Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.6 out in wild
  • blogs.zdnet.com: “OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu’s Volkswagen”